Is Small Talk on any of the vinyls or is the only vinyl bonus the Target track?
All these reviews about the album being ill-timed for the current climate are... weird. Like everyone was enjoying the escapism the likes of Gaga's album of Joe Biden pop and Dua's album were providing, but the moment Katy Perry does it... it's suddenly a bit crass to be releasing pop music six months into this pandemic? What should she be doing then?
The album even manages to mostly dodge and duck most of her worst tendencies; there's not a single borderline-meme song to be found for a change, her sense of humour has been thankfully eradicated from most of the music, and what you're left with is a remarkably solid pop album. Like I kept waiting for the trap door to open underneath my feet and find myself in one of her usual clown songs but it never happened. It's maybe lacking in big headliner moments outside of "Never Really Over", but the rest is so robust and well made that it's hard to have a problem with it.
I honestly didn't really have high hopes after Smile and What Makes A Woman, but the album turned out way better than I was expecting, I'm enjoying it a lot. I regret not going for one of those different covers now, does anyone know if they'll be made available again? (Sorry if this has been asked recently but I didn't read the whole thread).